Sunday, July 10, 2011
Edited by Will Shortz
In this strange Sunday crossword, I M P L A N T S spelled out in circled letters running through eight answers alters eight phrases (e.g., counts noses, lip service, rabbit ears, chicken fingers, takes on the chin, brow-beaten, face powder, palm readers), and not incidentally implants in eight body parts (e.g., nose, lip, ear, finger, chin, brow, face and palm) into oh-gosh-silly new ones with question-mark clues:
- COUNTS NOISES (22A. What a poltergeist investigator does?)
- LIMP SERVICE (30A. What the tired waiter provided?)
- RABBIT PEARS (40A. Fruit for lagomorphs?)
- CHICKEN FLINGERS (56A. Disorderly poultry workers?)
- TAKES ON THE CHAIN (75A. Attempts to climb a mountain range?)
- BROWN BEATEN (90A. Sad sports headline in a Providence paper?)
- FACET POWDER (103A. Dusting on the side of a cut gem?)
- PSALM READERS (116A. Churchgoers, sometimes?)
Other — ANTIETAM (24A. 1982 invasion battle site), ATTAINED, FREE AGENT (79D. One who‘s been released?), HONORERS (123A. Roasters, essentially), INDICATE, LOUSING UP (3D. Botching), MAKES GOOD ON (69D. Fulfills), MOISTURE, NUTCRACKERS (16D. Hinged implements), SHOWERED, TEARLESS (85D. Maintaining one’s composure, say), WASHLOAD.
Mid-size — AFLARE, ASSETS, BUOYANT, DEARIE (66A. Sweetheart), EROICA (19A. Symphony whose second movement is marked “Marcia funebre. Adagio assai“), EVADED, GENUSES, HOLLOW, LINENS, LOSES IT, ODESSAN, OPEN END, RUNS TO, SEAHORSE (25A. Mount for the god Neptune), SEND IN, SHINES, SOME DAY, SUN TAN, TITLED.
Neptune velificans in his triumphal chariot drawn by hippocamps
(mid-3rd century AD, Musée archéologique de Sousse)
Five-letter — ALLOY, ALTER, AMATI, AUNTS, BECKY, CHILE, COEDS, CREEP, CRISP, EAST, DEMIT, DIVOT, DON HO, EERIE, ENOCH (59D. Great-grandfather of Noah), ERASE, FRODO (20A. Ring bearer), GENET (71D. "The Balcony" playwright), GRETA, GAUSS (61D. See 88-Across [TESLA, 10,000 61-Down]), HONES, IDEAS, IRISH, KOVIC, LEADS, OUNCE, OVATE, PORTS, RADON, SALIC, SASES, SET AT, SIDE A, TESLA, TONIC, UTILS, WELTS, WORKS.
Short stuff — AGE and ATE, ANS, BAHS, BEAU (98A. Sweetheart), CLOD, COIN, CSI, DAH, DAMS, DOS, EASE and EAST, ECU, ENG, ERI, ESP, FORM, FRA, FRET, GINA, HEC, IDOL, ISEE, ISI, ITE, IWO Jima, Mauna KEA, LETS, LIL, LIRA, NAP, NEB and NET, “NO I will not“, OAHU, OBEY, OCTA, ODE, ORO, PAL, PEPS, REA and REE, REFS, ROE and ROO, SAL, SFPD, Snick and SNEE, SSN, STER, SUE, TRI, UVEA, WET.
Wow!, never thought I’d draw one of those on a crossword, but well hey it’s the 21st century and puzzles’ve gotta keep up! Whoa! I had a hard time of it at the start with EROICA, but “Psycho” came to mind and the aforementioned just popped right out like an old friend. LIMP SERVICE gave me more trouble than I’d like to say, but in the end, the clue is still better than the answer. I gotta look up this ENOCH before the next Rapture comes if I get the time and have anything left after doodling on puzzles!
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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Meaningless; 7. Dolt; 11. Reached; 21. Dew, e.g.; 26. Monopoly purchases: Abbr.; 27. TV show whose name precedes a colon; 28. See 49-Across; 33. Worry; 34. Totals; 36. “Interesting …”; 37. Noted explorer traveling with a monkey; 39. London’s locale: Abbr.; 46. Shows worry, in a way; 49. Old French 28-Across; 50. Some people have funny ones; 51. Lighten (up); 54. Livens (up); 62. Opera; 65. Practices; 67. Wistful remark; 70. Result of a bad swing, maybe; 71. There may be many in a family; 72. Got around; 73. ___ law (old Germanic legal code); 74. Detective’s aids; 78. “Monk” org.; 82. Noshed; 84. Van Susteren of Fox News; 87. Mass of eggs; 88. 10,000 61-Down; 95. Verdi’s “___ tu”; 96. Actress Gershon; 99. Estate total; 101. Billy who sang “Rebel Yell”; 109. Point in the right direction?; 110. Friend of Eeyore; 111. Bronze, e.g.; 112. Like some sabbaticals; 114. Point to; 120. Didn’t just spit; 121. Senders of some Christmas gifts; 122. Excels; 124. “Why don’t we?!”; 125. Get dark? — DOWN: 1. “___ Ramsey” (1970s western); 2. Prize at the Barcelona Olympics; 4. Bedding; 5. Numerical prefix; 6. Basketful, maybe; 7. Like some air and dollar bills; 8. Snaps; 9. A famous one begins “Thou still unravish’d bridge of quietness”; 10. Buns, e.g.; 11. One instrumental in music history?; 12. Vodka ___; 13. Like a lord or lady; 14. Undisturbed; 15. Follower of Israel?; 17. Take off; 18. Abdicate; 20. Mold; 23. Eye layer; 28. Peeping Tom, e.g.; 29. Little bit; 31. Help in making a prediction, maybe; 32. Riddle-me-___; 33. Monk’s title; 35. Numerical prefix; 38. Unrestricted, as a mutual fund; 41. Tom Sawyer’s crush; 42. Scornful replies; “Woe ___” (grammar guide); 44. TKO callers; 45 Paolantonio of ESPN; 47. Like things that go bump in the night; 48. MS. Enclosures; 52. “Love Me Do” vis-à-vis “P.S. I Love You”; 55. Actress Lena Olin, e.g., by birth; 57. Easter Island is part of it; 58. “Born on the Fourth of July” hero Ron; 60. Web; 61. See 88-Across; 63. Certain Black Sea dweller; 64. It’s a gas; 67. Taking placed in; 68. Ellipsoidal; 69. Fulfills; 70. Morse T; 71. “The Balcony” playwright; 73. Suffix with hip or tip; 74. Stale Italian bread?; 76. Neighbor of Colo.; 77. Golden ___; 80. Wires may connect to them; 81. Voltaire or Adam Smith; 86. T or F: Abbr.; 89. Rapper ___ Wayne; 91. Follow; 92. With 93-Down, picnic amenity; 93. See 92-Down; 94. Cheerful; 97. Wide, as the nostrils; 100. Submit; 101. Like Guinness; 102. “Pearly Shells” singer; 104. Change; 105. Ole Miss misses, e.g.; 106. Bad marks?; 107. Blocks; 108. Drop the ball; 111. Taiwan-based computer maker; 113. Home of 102-down; 116. “Be a ___!”; 117. Not settle, say; 118. Stephen of “Interview With the Vampire”; 119. Govt. ID.